Paris is the capital of France, its most populous city and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the city is known for its café culture and designer boutiques. The French capital has become home for thousands of expatriates – many of them native English speakers from Britain, Ireland, Australia or the United States. While many families choose to live in the centre of the City, in recent years, there has been steady growth in the suburbs, which are connected to the city by excellent rail and bus systems as well as by increasingly overcrowded highways. The public schools in Paris have a good reputation and for those who wish to study in their native language, there are excellent international schools teaching in English and German.